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A frame for focus before making any creative effort

Thinking that creativity comes from nothing, that grand ideas either pop into our heads like magic or they don’t, hurts your ability to truly think creatively.

That’s not how creative thinking works.

In actuality, ideas come from a collision of everything we already know or are experiencing. This point is important to really try and understand, because without it our creative efforts are often futile.

How often have you run into this scenario: you want to do something creative, so you set out in an effort to do just that only to end up feeling overwhelmed or producing less-than-great work – paintings of sporadic brush strokes, writing that leads to nowhere, or ideas that we know are subpar. All of these things are more often than not the result of not defining the context from which our ideas will flow, of believing creativity is out of our control.

We should do our best not to confuse the complexities of creativity with sheer magic. Creativity may very well be partially magic, but there’s a lot about creativity that we do know with some confidence (thanks to science!). One such thing is that creative ideas are always, always, always a result of knowledge or existing ideas colliding together in our minds.

To produce truly creative results in anything we do (artistic or otherwise) requires that we first have a clear understanding of what’s expected. When we set specific expectations or goals for ourselves before we approach any creative endeavor, we are giving our minds the context for which they can seek out related ideas.

That’s the meat of being able to really think creatively: you establish some level of context from which to move forward.

Without that context, your brain is going to fire in every possible way it can, which is going to lead to fewer insights (or no insights) or dull work.

Instead, give yourself a frame of focus before you sit down to make any creative effort.

Creativity doesn’t work in a vacuum, it works in a space – sometimes large and sometimes small – that we define, sometimes intentionally and sometimes not.

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I don’t like happiness, I like suffering:
If I am happy, the five poisons increase.
If I suffer, my past bad karma is exhausted.

I don’t value high positions, I like low ones.
If I am important, my pride and jealousy increase;
If I am lowly, I relax and my spiritual practice grows.
The lowest place is the seat of the saints of the past.

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Patrul Rinpoche

Without suffering, there would be no determination to be free of samsara.

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The Science of Awkwardness

awkward… * cringes *

By: Vsauce.

Personality Patterns: Dependent (ISFJ, ESFJ, INFJ, ENFJ, ISFP, INFP)

Note: Personality patterns are referred in this particular textbook as “adaptive styles” - i.e. characteristics we adopted to deal with problems in life - not necessarily psychological disorders.

The core characteristic for persons with elevations on this profile is their feeling incapable and incompetent of functioning independently and, therefore, unable to create strong bonds with people whom they perceive as being able to lead and care for them. They quickly create alliances and give up responsibility for decisions. Thus, they feel inadequate and insecure, and they have low self-esteem. They usually describe themselves as placating, insecure, passive, immature, and deserted. A primary way in which they deal with these feelings is to identify with stronger people and define themselves in terms of these people. They are continually concerned with the possibility of losing friends. To maintain friendships, they are extremely submissive and cooperative, and cover up any unpleasant emotions out of fear that the emotions might alienate others. They, therefore, minimize objective problems, rarely disagree with others, and never take a strong position on an issue. Others, therefore, perceive them as gullible, wishy-washy, humble, timid, docile, and passive. Internally, they have a limited range of competencies in reducing tension and stressors.

Often, dependent personalities are well-liked because they are cooperative, compliant, and humble, and they value the opinions of others. They are also likely to be loyal, warm, tender, and noncompetitive. They attempt to develop and maintain lasting friendships and do so, in part, by defusing unnecessary conflict.

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Why Do We Forget?

Have you ever tried so hard to recall a memory, but you simply can’t? Why do we forget things?

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Why Do We Forget Things?
New research explores why we remember and why we forget
New images of the brain show the forgetful side effect of frequent recall

By: DNews.